Based in Bristol, Conn.
"ESPN: Launched: September 7, 1979 as the flagship network. Households: Surpassed 90 million households on June 1, 2005.
Launched: October 1, 1993 in 10 million households.
Launched: May 6, 1995 (as Classic Sports Network) with 6,500 subscribers in Ada, Okla.
Launched: Nov. 1, 1996 with 1.5 million subscribers.
Launched: Jan. 7, 2004.
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Sept. 7, 1979 ESPN launches at 7 p.m. ET
April 1983 ESPN begins distributing programming internationally.
April 30, 1984 ABC completes acquisition of ESPN from Getty Oil. Later sells 20 percent to Nabisco, which is later bought by Hearst.
January 1987 ESPN airs the America's Cup live from Australia; overwhelming response proves impact of cable and ESPN.
Mar. 15, 1987 ESPN awarded NFL's first cable contract; begins fall '87.
Mar. 31, 1988 ESPN International debuts in Central and South America
Jan. 5, 1989 ESPN and Major League Baseball reach a four-year agreement to begin in 1990.
March 31, 1989 ESPN International launches its first network, ESPN in Latin America.
Jan.1, 1992 ESPN Radio launches.
Oct. 1, 1993 ESPN2 launches in 10 million homes.
May 9, 1994 ESPN acquires Creative Sports (now ESPN Regional Television).
Nov. 7, 1994 ESPN acquires SportsTicker.
April 1, 1995 ESPNET SportsZone (now ESPN.com) launches.
Feb. 9, 1996 The Walt Disney Company completes acquisition of Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. (which owns ESPN, Inc.).
Nov. 1, 1996 ESPNEWS launches.
Oct. 9, 1997 ESPN, Inc. acquires Classic Sports Network (now ESPN Classic).
March 11, 1998 ESPN The Magazine launches.
July 11, 1998 First ESPN Zone, in Baltimore, opens.
Sept. 7, 1999 ESPN, Inc. celebrates 20th anniversary.
March 14, 2001 ESPN2 reaches 75 million homes faster than any other network - 89 months.
April 1, 2001 ESPN Deportes, a year-round block of exclusive Sunday night Spanish-language programming, premieres.
April 4, 2001 ESPN acquires the business and assets of BASS, Inc., the largest fishing organization in the world.
June 5, 2001 ESPN Today launches.
Oct. 22, 2001 ESPN announces an 11-year agreement with the NCAA to televise every game of the Women's NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Jan. 22, 2002 ESPN reaches agreement for multimedia NBA coverage, becoming the first network to televise all four major professional sports-NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA.
Mar. 4, 2002 ESPN Classic Sport in France debuts. Later that year, ESPN Classic Sport launches in Italy.
March 30, 2003 ESPN HD, a high-definition simulcast service of ESPN, launches.
June 2003 ESPN Pay-Per-View, a new service based primarily on pay-per-view events, launches.
Jan. 7, 2004 ESPN Deportes, a 24-hour, Spanish language sports network, launches.
June 7, 2004 ESPN's state-of-the-art Digital Center opens. SportsCenter is the first studio program televised on ESPN HD.
Sept. 7, 2004 ESPN, Inc. celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Dec. 1, 2004 ESPN announces it will launch Mobile ESPN, a new wireless phone service target to sports fans.
Jan. 6, 2005 ESPN2 HD, a high-definition simulcast service of ESPN2, launches.
March 4, 2005 ESPNU, a 24-hour network devoted to college sports, launches.
April 18, 2005 ESPN Acquires Monday Night Football for eight years, beginning in 2006.
June 1, 2005 ESPN, along with the Discovery Channel, becomes the first network in cable television history to pass the 90-million subscriber mark in the U.S.
Sept. 14, 2005 ESPN reaches agreement with Major League Baseball for eight years, through 2013.
Nov. 2, 2005 ESPN acquires rights for multiple Men's and Women's World Cups.
Dec. 7, 2005 ESPN announces eight-year agreement with NASCAR, 2007 - 2014. "